The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000
About national and international power in the "modern" or Post Renaissance period. Explains how the various powers have risen and fallen over the 5 centuries since the formation of the "new monarchies" in W. Europe.
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Swedish and German troops were pressing the imperial armies in the north . The
Dutch and the French were " pincering " the Spanish Netherlands . Moreover , a
revolt by the Portuguese in 1640 diverted a steady flow of Spanish troops and ...
The latter , with between 40 , 000 and 70 , 000 British and mercenary troops ,
could join an excellent Dutch army of over 100 , 000 men and a Habsburg army
of a similar size to frustrate Louis ' s attempt to impose his wishes upon Europe .
Furthermore , since “ native ” Frenchmen now included the Belgians , Dutch , and
many Italians in the annexed territories , troops raised from within the pre - 1789
French borders were in a decided minority during the Russian campaign .
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Yale historian Kennedy surveys the ebb and flow of power among the major states of Europe from the 16th centurywhen Europe's preeminence first took shapethrough and beyond the present erawhen great ... Read full review
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